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  • Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela
    Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22, told Reuters in a square where protesters displayed dozens of used gas canisters and bullets as symbols of repression. "This is the time to stand firm." Later, several hundred hooded protesters, many wearing Guy Fawkes masks, set up barricades in the eastern Chacao district of Caracas that has been a near-daily battleground during recent unrest in Venezuela since mid-February. More »

  • Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power
    Venezuela in crisis as Maduro limps to a year in power Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A year after promising to continue Hugo Chavez's legacy, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is struggling to lead an oil-rich country plagued by economic crisis, violent protests, and rampant crime. More »

  • Malls empty in Venezuela as economic woes bite
    Malls empty in Venezuela as economic woes bite Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A closed store in a mall in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 16, 2014 More »

  • Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests
    Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths. But enthusiasm among opposition supporters for the street protests appears to be waning, with numbers dropping from previous months and Maduro's position seemingly safe despite his constant references to coup plots against him. "We may be fewer, but we are staying on the street!" vowed law student Nicole Gonzalez, who joined hundreds in Caracas at a barefoot march on Wednesday and a staging of Jesus' "Via Crucis" walk with the crucifix on Thursday. More »

  • Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests
    Students give Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the latest tactics in anti-government protests since early February that have convulsed the South American OPEC nation and led to 41 deaths. But enthusiasm among opposition supporters for the street protests appears to be waning, with numbers dropping from previous months and Maduro's position seemingly safe despite his constant references to coup plots against him. "We may be fewer, but we are staying on the street!" vowed law student Nicole Gonzalez, marching without shoes alongside several hundred others through Caracas late on Wednesday. More »

  • Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks
    Venezuela reports progress in new crisis talks Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Venezuela's government and opposition reported progress Tuesday in a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. More »

  • Venezuela set for new crisis talks
    Venezuela set for new crisis talks Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Venezuela's government and opposition will sit down Tuesday for a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. More »

  • Anglo American seeks compensation from Venezuela Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Anglo American is seeking compensation from Venezuela at a World Bank tribunal over the 2012 cancellation of mining concessions by late president Hugo Chavez's government. The World Bank's International ... More »

  • Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks
    Venezuela's Maduro, opposition spar in crisis talks Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs during six hours of nationally televised talks that ended at dawn Friday, a rocky first attempt to end deadly anti-government protests. More »

  • Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises
    Venezuela's Maduro meets opposition as death toll from protests rises Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Diego Ore and Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro cautioned opposition leaders to keep their expectations modest on Thursday as he hosted them for mediated talks intended to stem two months of deadly political unrest. Maduro has held similar meetings previously but this was the first to include Henrique Capriles, who Maduro narrowly beat in last year's presidential election, and the first to be brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments. More »

  • Venezuela's Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40
    Venezuela's Maduro, opposition to talk, unrest death toll hits 40 Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro was due to host Venezuelan opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation. Some hardline opposition groups, including the party of jailed protest leader Leopoldo Lopez, are boycotting Thursday's scheduled talks while dozens of demonstrators remain in jail. The meeting, brokered by foreign ministers from the Unasur bloc of South American governments, was due to start at 5 p.m. (1030 pm BST) at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas and be broadcast live on state TV. "Miraflores will tremble," said opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who narrowly lost to Maduro in last year's election to replace late socialist leader Hugo Chavez. More »

  • Little trust as Venezuela, opposition prepare for talks
    Little trust as Venezuela, opposition prepare for talks Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was to sit down for the first time Thursday with opposition leaders, in a bid to end weeks of deadly street protests against his beleaguered government. More »

  • Venezuela prepares for talks aimed at ending crisis
    Venezuela prepares for talks aimed at ending crisis Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    President Nicolas Maduro and Venezuela's opposition leaders are to meet Thursday for talks aimed at ending two months of deadly anti-government protests. More »

  • Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis
    Venezuela reaches out to Vatican No. 2 to mediate crisis Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government formally invited Vatican No. 2 Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Wednesday to mediate talks with the opposition in hopes of stemming violence that has killed dozens in the nation's worst unrest in a decade. In a letter, President Nicolas Maduro's government asked that Parolin, a former envoy to Venezuela who is now the Vatican's secretary of state, be named a "good faith witness" to a dialogue agreed after two months of protests. A Vatican spokesman confirmed the Roman Catholic Church's willingness to mediate, but gave no details. Venezuela's opposition coalition had indicated that current Vatican envoy, Aldo Giordano, would be attending the first formal talks, which are to start on Thursday in Caracas. More »

  • Venezuela asks Vatican official to witness crisis talks
    Venezuela asks Vatican official to witness crisis talks Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Venezuela said Wednesday it had formally invited the Vatican's secretary of state to be a "good faith witness" to talks on ending two months of deadly anti-government protests. More »

  • Maduro to meet Venezuela opposition in bid to end crisis
    Maduro to meet Venezuela opposition in bid to end crisis Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition coalition representatives agreed to hold talks on ending two months of anti-government protests that have left 39 people dead in their oil-rich nation. More »

  • Venezuela government and foes talk; Vatican to mediate
    Venezuela government and foes talk; Vatican to mediate Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    By Diego Ore and Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's government and Venezuela's main opposition group agreed on Tuesday to begin talks intended to halt the nation's worst political unrest in a decade. Representatives of the Vatican and South American regional bloc Unasur will mediate, both sides said. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side, and hooded opposition demonstrators blocking streets on the other, have killed 39 people since mid-February, according to official figures. The dead have included government supporters, opponents, and members of the security forces. More »

  • Venezuela opposition to join exploratory talks with government
    Venezuela opposition to join exploratory talks with government Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    By Eyanir Chinea and Diego Ore CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said it agreed to attend exploratory talks on Tuesday with President Nicolas Maduro's government in a bid to end the country's worst political unrest for a decade. Clashes between security forces and pro-government militants on one side and hooded opposition demonstrators blocking streets on the other have killed at least 39 people since mid-February. Foreign ministers from the regional Union of South American Nations (Unasur) are in the capital Caracas, shuttling between meetings with the administration and opposition and seeking to persuade both sides to talk. Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, a top opposition official, said the Unasur ministers told them the government was open to opposition demands, including the presence of a "good faith" mediator at any substantive discussions. More »

  • Maduro agrees to negotiations in protest-hit Venezuela
    Maduro agrees to negotiations in protest-hit Venezuela Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    President Nicolas Maduro agreed to meet with a Venezuelan opposition delegation on Tuesday, after a fresh push from top diplomats from across South America. More »

  • UN concern over 'high human cost' of Venezuela protests
    UN concern over 'high human cost' of Venezuela protests Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern Saturday over the "high human cost" of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. More »

  • Venezuela charges opposition leader, protests erupt
    Venezuela charges opposition leader, protests erupt Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Protests erupted in Caracas late Friday after Venezuela's attorney general charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez with responsibility for anti-government demonstrations that have shaken the country since February. More »

  • Catholic Church blasts Venezuela for 'brutal repression' of protest …
    Catholic Church blasts Venezuela for 'brutal repression' of protest … Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people. The surprisingly strong attack is likely to revive church-state tensions that were constant during the 14-year socialist rule of Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez. Monsignor Diego Padron, who heads Venezuela's conference of bishops, said the "principal cause" of the crisis was the government's attempt to implant a blueprint for government that Chavez left behind called "the fatherland plan." "Within it they are hiding the promotion of a totalitarian-style system of government, putting in doubt its democratic credentials," he said, reading a church communique. More »

  • Venezuela government seeks 'totalitarian' regime
    Venezuela government seeks 'totalitarian' regime Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    The Roman Catholic Church in Venezuela accused the leftist administration of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of seeking to impose a "totalitarian government" and blaming it for protests shaking the country. More »

  • Venezuela's 'skyscraper slum' provides haven for poor
    Venezuela's 'skyscraper slum' provides haven for poor Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Jorge Silva CARACAS (Reuters) - It boasts a helicopter landing pad, glorious views of the Avila mountain range, and large balconies for weekend barbecues. Yet this 45-storey skyscraper in the centre of Venezuela's capital Caracas is no five-star hotel or swanky apartment block: it is a slum, probably the tallest in the world. Dubbed the "Tower of David", it was intended to be a shining new financial centre but was abandoned around 1994 after the death of its developer - financier and horse-breeder David Brillembourg - and a massive run on Venezuela's banking sector. Squatters seized the huge concrete skeleton in 2007, then-President Hugo Chavez's socialist government turned a blind eye, and now about 3,000 people call the tower their home. More »

  • Venezuela Ministry Torched By Protesters
    Venezuela Ministry Torched By Protesters Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Several people, including a young girl, have been rescued from Venezuela's Housing Ministry after it was set on fire by anti-government protesters. Maria Corina Machado tried to march to the National Assembly to retake her seat after she was expelled for trying to speak before the Organisation of American States (OAS) about her country's political crisis. President Nicolas Maduro's government has faced a wave of street protests, which have seen 39 people killed as the public vents anger over soaring crime, high inflation and shortages of essential goods. Backed by 22 opposition deputies, she shouted: "You will not break us! You will make us stronger! You will give us more reasons to fight!" and claimed that the block on her taking her seat was "proof that there is a dictatorship in Venezuela". More »

  • Venezuelan police block opposition lawmaker's return
    Venezuelan police block opposition lawmaker's return Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    Venezuelan police blocked an opposition lawmaker from returning to the legislature to retake her seat and fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of her supporters. More »

  • Venezuela death toll rises to 39 amid new protests
    Venezuela death toll rises to 39 amid new protests Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    The death toll from several weeks of protests that have paralyzed Venezuela rose to 39 on Saturday after two more people died in separate incidents, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez said. More »

  • Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured
    Fidel, Chavez moment after failed 2002 coup captured Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez shared their amazement and joy upon the triumphal return to power of the late Venezuelan leader after a brief coup in 2002, an exchange vividly captured in a transcript released Friday. More »

  • Brazil grows wary of Venezuela under Maduro, reduces support
    Brazil grows wary of Venezuela under Maduro, reduces support Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    By Brian Winter SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil, Latin America's biggest economy and diplomatic power, has toned down its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro because of disappointment over how he is handling mounting economic problems and opposition-led street protests. Broadly speaking, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff remains an ally of Maduro. While Rousseff is more moderate, both are part of a generation of leftist Latin American presidents who grew up opposing pro-Washington governments and believe they are united by a mission to help the poor. However, Rousseff has been increasingly disappointed by some of Maduro's actions and has reined in the more enthusiastic support that characterized Brazil-Venezuela relations under his predecessor, the late Hugo Chavez, according to two officials close to Rousseff's government. More »

  • Venezuela: Crossword Puzzles Accused of Inciting Opposition Protests
    Venezuela: Crossword Puzzles Accused of Inciting Opposition Protests Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    Venezuela's information minister has called for an investigation into crossword puzzles in a local newspaper that has allegedly incited violent protests with conspiratorial messages. Delcy Rodriguez tweeted: "El Aragueno daily sends encrypted messages linked to the conspiracy and violence in its crosswords! We have requested an investigation." Street protests in Venezuela flared in the last two months, with the opposition blaming the government's left-wing policies of president Nicolas Maduro for high inflation, crime and shortage of many household staples. Opposition MP Maria Corina Machado returned to the capital Caracas after the National Assembly stripped her of her parliamentary immunity. More »

  • Opposition group ready to talk in crisis-hit Venezuela
    Opposition group ready to talk in crisis-hit Venezuela Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    A moderate Venezuelan opposition group said it was ready to talk to the protest-hit government of President Nicolas Maduro, in a rare potential step forward following weeks of unrest. More »

  • Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot
    Venezuela arrests three generals for alleged coup plot Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Three Venezuelan air force generals accused of plotting a coup against the leftist government of President Nicolas Maduro were arrested, amid a widening crackdown on the opposition. More »

  • Venezuela arrests three air force generals 'plotting coup' Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    By Daniel Wallis and Eyanir Chinea CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has arrested three air force generals accused of plotting a coup in league with opposition politicians during the country's rumbling civil unrest, the president said on Tuesday. In recent years, Venezuela's socialist government has routinely accused its rivals of scheming to seize power by force and assassinate its leaders, although it has rarely followed up with concrete proof of such headline-grabbing claims. "Last night we captured three generals ... who tried to raise the air force against the legitimate, constitutional government," President Nicolas Maduro said on state TV during a meeting with South American foreign ministers in Caracas. They were saying that this would be the decisive week ... in the belief that Venezuela did not know how to defend itself." Hardline protesters are demanding that Maduro resign, while he says they are seeking a coup like the one 12 years ago that briefly ousted his predecessor and mentor, the late Hugo Chavez. More »

  • Soldier, pregnant woman killed in Venezuela unrest Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    By Daniel Wallis CARACAS (Reuters) - A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, officials said, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rose to 36 on Monday. Supporters of both sides and members of the security forces have been among those killed in the nation's worst unrest in a decade, sparked by demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro that began last month. Francisco Garces, mayor of Guaicaipuro municipality near the capital and a member of the ruling Socialist Party, said the 28-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead on Sunday during a protest. "We categorically reject the demonstrations that caused this death," Garces told reporters. More »

  • Ousted lawmaker brands Venezuela's Maduro 'desperate'
    Ousted lawmaker brands Venezuela's Maduro 'desperate' Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    An ousted Venezuelan lawmaker hit back at President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, accusing the government of desperation after she was effectively fired for raising the country's deadly political crisis. More »